I offer in-person classes at my professional art studio in Courtenay, Vancouver Island. Check the Classes menu above for current offerings.

Intermediate Painting (six sessions with drop-ins when available)

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Painting for Beginners (six 3-hour sessions)

One-Day Drawing Crash Course

Loosen Up! Painting Weekend

Landscape Painting weekend

Love! Birds! Two hour drawing workshop.

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Landscape Painting Weekend
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One-Day Drawing Crash Course
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Painting for Beginners

On offer are also drawing and painting demos, and art talks. If you have a class idea you would like me to offer you or your art group, let me know.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to learn with me! 778-865-2650

GIFT OF ART Coupon: Do you have a loved one you would like to inspire through gifting them with a class coupon? Email me and we can set that up!

Group Classes: $400 half-day / $750 full day (half-day is 3 hrs/full day 6 hrs)

I offer customized in-person group art sessions for art groups, to nurture corporate and small business staff team-building.

Mentorship/Critique: $120/hr

Artist talk: $350

Painting Demo: $350

*Cancellation policy: Please provide 7 days’ notice if you need to cancel, at which time I will be happy to credit you toward a future class within a year of your class purchase.

About the Instructor: For Val, painting is an act of devotion, offering a profound pathway to self-realisation and transformation. “Pigments have a consciousness. When I paint, I imbue these materials with the focussed energies of my heart, mind, and gestures of my body. In a mysterious process of alchemy, the pigments absorb these energetic frequencies, and project them back out to the viewer. Painting is its own language, beyond words and the limitations of the logical mind.”

A former professional ballet dancer, Val went on to study at Emily Carr University, where she graduated in 1988 with honours and received the Helen Pitt Award. A finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition, Val has been painting full-time since 2003, exhibiting for a number of years at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver and Toronto, and Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal. She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Centre and St Georges’ Senior School in Vancouver, and has taught painting at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, Emily Carr University, Vancouver Island School of Art, and since 2009, out of her private painting studio. Her work is in public collections including Canada Council Art Bank, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver General Hospital, and many private collections. Val has 1800+ students and five-star reviews for her online painting course with Craftsy.

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I’m so looking forward to making art with you!

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